Chuck Schumer Tees Up Senate Vote on Contraception Bill

President Trump said on social media that he would ‘never advocate imposing restrictions on birth control or other contraceptives.’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced on May 22 that the Senate will vote on a bill to protect access to contraception in the coming weeks.

The bill, led by Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), would nationally codify recognition of contraception as “a fundamental right.”

The measure, which is expected to be blocked by Senate Republicans, would force lawmakers to declare their positions on an issue that Democrats are looking to campaign on heading into the election.

“Now more than ever, contraception is a critical piece of protecting women’s reproductive freedoms, standing as nothing short of a vital lifeline for millions of American women across the country,” Mr. Schumer said on the Senate floor on Wednesday.

The announcement came after controversy surrounding comments made by former President Donald Trump during an interview in which he suggested he was contemplating restrictions on contraception.

The former president said during an interview with a Pittsburgh TV station that aired on May 21 that he was “looking at” restrictions in the area of birth control.

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Responding to media reporting on the interview, President Trump posted on Truth Social that he would “never, and will never advocate imposing restrictions on birth control or other contraceptives.”

However, the controversy caused President Joe Biden’s campaign to run an attack ad, suggesting that the former president planned to restrict access to contraception. Additionally, Virginia Democrats alleged in a post on X that “Trump supports restrictions to contraception” that would embolden his “MAGA allies.”

“Women across the country are already suffering from Donald Trump’s post-Roe nightmare, and if he wins a second term, it’s clear he wants to go even further by restricting access to birth control and emergency contraceptives,” Biden-Harris spokesperson Sarafina Chitika said in a statement.

During the Pittsburg interview, the host asked President Trump: “Do you support any restrictions on a person’s right to contraception?”

The former president replied: “We’re looking at that, and I’m going to have a policy on that very shortly, and I think it’s something you’ll find interesting.”

“It’s another issue that’s very interesting, but you will find it, I think, very smart. I think it’s a smart decision. But we’ll be releasing it very soon,” he added.

He later suggested a policy that would allow states to adopt their own policies in regard to the issue of contraception: “Things really do have a lot to do with the states and some states are going to have different policies than others,” he said.

The Supreme Court is due to release a decision about the legality of the mailing of mifepristone in the coming months.

In 1965, the Supreme Court decided in Griswold v. Connecticut that married couples had an implied right to sexual privacy in the 14th Amendment, which protected their use of contraception. This right was later used to expand access to contraception to women who were not married and, in 1973, to declare abortion a national right with the Roe v. Wade decision, which was overturned in 2022.

The Associated Press and Tom Ozimek contributed to this report

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